The post holder is an employee of the Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) and reports to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.
Other key relationships include the Chief Executive, Safeguarding Training Manager, Safeguarding Administrator, the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, members of the Bishop’s Staff Team and members of the Safeguarding Commission Group.
Closing date 12noon on Friday 24 May 2019 / interviews 14 June 2019
This is an opportunity for a suitably experienced professional with a social work, probation, police or other relevant safeguarding background to use their skills to help develop and sustain a culture which ensures that children and adults are as safe as they possibly can be in our parishes and churches.
The Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Asst DSA) will support the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) in strengthening and enhancing the provision of safeguarding support across the Diocese by offering expertise, advice, guidance, oversight and training. Based in Southwell the Assistant DSA will specifically have a remit for developing systems for parish support across the Diocese as well as being responsible for a portfolio of casework. They will also support the delivery of the safeguarding training programme to all the parishes and churches in the Diocese.
Management of new and existing cases as directed by the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.
Respond to requests for advice, information and guidance for individuals in the Church who are concerned about both the welfare of vulnerable people (children, young people and adults at risk) as well as concerns about adults whose behaviour may pose a risk.
Under the guidance of the DSA take the lead in responding to serious situations following the Responding to, assessing and managing safeguarding concerns or allegations against church officers practice guidance (2017).
Attending safeguarding core groups set up by the Diocesan Safeguarding Team to make decisions with senior managers and officers in relation to managing complex cases.
Provide advice to and identify support for those who are victims or survivors of abuse.
Liaise with statutory agencies including the Local Authority Designated Officer, the police, the MASH team and the probation service on relevant cases.
Attend strategy meetings and child or adult protection conferences as requested by the DSA.
Keep and maintain accurate records and files in relation to case work, ensuring that the records are suitable for admission in legal proceedings.
Undertake risk assessments of individuals where there are or have been concerns about their behaviour towards children or adults at risk, where they have convictions for offences against children or adults at risk or where they have a blemished DBS disclosure. Ensure that these assessments are in line with national guidance.
Contribute to the drawing up and regular review of safeguarding agreements to enable individuals about whom there is a child or adult safeguarding concern to worship whilst protecting children or adults from any potential risk.
Undertake initial fact finding relating to any concerns that have been raised about inappropriate behaviour towards a child or an adult at risk. This includes non-current allegations of abuse.
Provide guidance and direction where there are concerns about adults who may be a risk to children or vulnerable adults or to themselves.
Support parishes during a child or adult protection enquiry and afterwards, where appropriate, including arranging the support for congregations and individuals affected by allegations of abuse.
Undertake safeguarding audits of parishes, identify areas for development and support parishes in implementing these.
Build professional relationships with parish safeguarding coordinators, clergy and church officers on a parish level.
Delivery of safeguarding training to clergy and lay people in line with the national safeguarding training programme.
Disclosure and Barring (DBS)
Be the point of contact in the diocese for parishes in relation to DBS queries.
Conduct risk assessments for church officers with respect to blemished DBS certificates.
Any other tasks as requested by the DSA.
Experience of: -
Safeguarding working with children, young people or adults at risk at senior practitioner level.
Assessment and risk management of those who have offended against children or adults at risk and those who may pose a risk to children or vulnerable adults.
Keeping and maintaining safeguarding records and safeguarding administration.
Prioritising workload, time management, dealing with conflicting priorities and meeting deadlines.
Child or adult safeguarding in a church/faith context.
Ability to: -
Identify and assess key issues in the field of safeguarding children and adults. Analyse complex situations and advise appropriately.
Work constructively with a wide range of interested parties including staff in the statutory and voluntary sectors.
Deal sensitively and appropriately with confidential information.
Sympathetically and sensitively engage with survivors of abuse, vulnerable adults and others affected by child or adult protection issues.
Deliver safeguarding training to a high standard to clergy and lay people.
Keep up to date with legislative developments in the field.
Understand the Church of England and its structures, including the legal framework.
Knowledge and Skills
Effective verbal and written communication skills.
Knowledge of general IT systems and applications including spread sheets, word processing, power point and database.
Excellent attention to detail.
Current knowledge of DBS processes and legislation.
Professional, friendly and approachable particularly when under pressure.
A strong commitment to safeguarding as an essential part of the church’s work.
Willingness to work on own initiative and be accountable.
Supportive of the mission and ministry of the Church of England and the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham mission statement.
Able to work flexible hours, including evening and weekend work as negotiated with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.
Own vehicle which will need to be used for work, and clean driving licence.
Join our great adventure
We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and every church has a compelling vision and plan for 'growing disciples, wider, younger and deeper'
Wider as we seek to find fresh ways to speak about Jesus and grow disciples among the 1.2m people living across the diocese who are not yet engaged in the worshipping life of a local church (98% of population)
Younger as we seek to grow disciples and develop leaders among new generations in a young diocese (Nottingham is the fourth youngest city in UK with over 50,000 students)
Deeper as we seek to grow disciples with a confident faith in Christ who are making a difference in every sphere of life, helping shape the culture and character of society.
Working in Southwell & Nottingham is an adventure and a challenge – the opportunities for mission are immense, the people are open and friendly and forward looking; there are also areas where the church is desperately needed to work with, and be a voice for, the poor and needy.
We are not just talking about growth, we are praying and acting in new and exciting ways to make it happen; we launched a Younger Leadership College in Autumn 2016 (http://youngerleadershipcollege.org/) with the aim of developing 1,000 younger leaders to service in the Church and wider society.
A new resource church has opened in Nottingham in an abandoned auction house that sits on one of the main roads into the city centre; Trinity Church is now a growing, diverse congregation working with our existing churches to bring Good News to the city.
Other new ventures are planned in the rural centre of the county – work is now under way to start a new, distinctive church - market towns and former mining communities.
However, it is in the development of our core ministry in every parish that we recognise potential for the most significant further growth. We have a programme over the next seven years to equip 25 resource churches which will be beacons of growth, supporting other churches in training for discipleship and leadership; also helping to plant and graft 75 new worshipping communities.
And we are aiming to welcome 7,000 new disciples into the fellowship of Christ and his Church by 20xx, people who have realised that there is nothing better anyone can do with their life than to become a follower of Jesus.
There’s a lot to discover in the fascinating county of Nottinghamshire: rolling farmland and quiet woods; a cosmopolitan city offering the best in entertainment; two first-class universities; world-leading design and technology companies; fine architecture – and Robin Hood.
Add to that it’s beautiful country parks, stately homes and sporting prowess – it’s home to Trent Bridge, the National Water Sports Centre, and Nottingham Forest – and it’s easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists, students, shoppers and sports fans (and we haven’t even mentioned its literary heritage, the mighty River Trent so popular with rowers, sailors and anglers, and the modern tram network that whisks people around Greater Nottingham).
The Diocese incorporates the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small slice of South Yorkshire, and has a breadth of ministry that covers tough former mining communities and city estates, isolated hamlets and villages, and historic market towns.
Working for change
On any one day, people from our congregations will be feeding the hungry, finding shelter for the homeless, providing meals for the lonely, working with the elderly and supporting asylum seekers and refugees – in 2016 the Bishop’s Lent Appeal raised more than £12,000 to help refugees and asylum seekers.
We also support Nottinghamshire Rural Support, a charity that helps farmers and their families, and have pioneered work to reduce debt, including the launch of Lifesavers projects in primary schools, which encourage children to save and also teaches them about finance and budgeting.
We are active in protecting the environment through our Freedom of Creation group – many of our vicarages now have solar panels – and we have a group of Workplace Chaplains who work with employers large and small to support the wellbeing of employees.
Click here to find out more about our work